Jeremy Leach of London Living Streets Group and campaign group Action Vision Zero talks about the upcoming PCC elections, why they're important, and what you can do to make sure reducing road danger becomes a priority.
Amongst the many delayed elections planned for this May are elections for the Police & Crime Commissioners (PCCs) across England & Wales. The role of PCCs is to set police priorities and reflect the crime concerns of the community. The 2021 PCC elections are a real opportunity to address the danger posed by road crime. While many PCCs do acknowledge the importance of Roads Policing in their Police and Crime Plans, funding for Roads Policing has been heavily cut in recent years.
Although tackling the crime that occurs on our roads is one of the most common reason for local residents contacting their PCC, action across the country is at best patchy.
To get this as high as possible up the agenda of the PCC candidates, a wide coalition of groups including Living Streets has come together to develop a manifesto.
This sets out what needs to change to ensure that tackling road danger becomes the priority for PCCs that many commuinities are demanding. The manifesto calls on candidates to: 1) Make road danger reduction a priority, 2) Tackle speeding - the greatest threat, 3) Be transparent and accountable, 4) Work with their community and 5) Improve the post-crash response.
If you would like to take action, there are a range of easy-to-use resources on the dedicated webpage. These include a locator for the PCC candidates in your area and template letters to use to contact them.
These elections are a major opportunity to get tackling road crime much higher on the agenda so if you or any of the groups that you are involved with can spare any time please do get involved in whatever way you can.